At Ballam Park Primary school, students are learning about Japanese language and culture.
We can identify similarities and differences between Japanese and our own languages and cultures.
We are learning how to greet others at different times of the day using appropriate gestures, using culturally appropriate titles and learning Japanese phrases for everyday interactions when giving and receiving, thanking, apologising and offering wishes or congratulations.
While children are encouraged to use Japanese whenever possible, English is used as a medium of instruction, and for explanation and discussion. This allows learners to discuss differences and similarities they notice between Japanese and their own language(s) and culture(s), to ask questions, and to express their reactions to the experience of learning and using an additional language.
Let’s enjoy the challenge of learning Japanese together!
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